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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 9:47 pm 
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It had been a long winter and spring is finally here. Me and a friend of mine who is a hardcore redfish and snook fisherman planned for a trip to Tampa, Florida for some Redfish from the flats.

We went to Tampa on Thursday, 26/MAR/2009 and fished that evening. We waded in waist deep water for a mile and a half in the bay. I was fishing with my flyrod and my casting distance was within the distance that the fish gets spooked. So I caught nothing with my fly rod that evening. He caught a two nice redfish and a small redfish on 1/8 ounce jig heads with plastic bodies. On our way back (another mile and a half wading the water in the dark on a no moon night) I used his spinning gear and caught a ladyfish that was about 16 inch long appoximately. There were lots of ladyfish in a particular spot and we moved from there looking for redfish.

The next day I got tired of my fly gear and bought a baitcasting setup to throw 1/8 ounce jighead with plastic bodies. It was a 7 feet shimano rod rated for 1/4 to 3/4 ounce and an Abu RCN60 reel loaded with 8 pound test Yozuri hybrid line. We went to a different spot and I caught a nice redfish and my friend caught two that evening.

Saturday was sunny and windy and we were not able to get any fish during the day. That evening we spent at home (we stayed at his parents home during the trip) as we had to return the next morning.

Here is a pic of my friend with his redfish.

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Here is a pic of me with my first and only redfish.

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Maruthu


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 10:22 pm 
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Congrats bro some good catches there [smilie=coolup.gif] [smilie=coolup.gif]


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 5:19 am 
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Nice to see you back after a long time mate :-)
the fishes looks cute..

Cheers,
binu


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 7:45 am 
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Thanks guys. Here are a few pics of the location we fished.

Cheers,
Maruthu

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 9:34 am 
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Nice Redfish Maruthu, we get them here as well, I wanted to give them a shot with some pop flies but have not so far. Got them on lures especially the vibros. They always seem to take when the lure drops, i.e. when you drop the vibro after a short retrieve. And every single Redfish I caught ran towards me and then away. Even my Brother who used to fish for them around New Orleans told me the same thing.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 9:58 am 
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Bobby wrote:
Nice Redfish Maruthu, we get them here as well, I wanted to give them a shot with some pop flies but have not so far. Got them on lures especially the vibros. They always seem to take when the lure drops, i.e. when you drop the vibro after a short retrieve. And every single Redfish I caught ran towards me and then away. Even my Brother who used to fish for them around New Orleans told me the same thing.


Bobby,

Thanks for the comment and the info.
My friend also told me to work the jig subsurface. I first felt a little strange because some of the striper fishing pros told me to make sure that the jig was bouncing on the bottom. Anyway, they are different species but it takes a while for us to get used to new methods. As far as the run goes, the fish were actually making circles around the angler (we were wading). So, if somebody hooked one, then others would give some space and move away from the angler that is fighting the fish. Else the fish would tangle the line with other people when it circles around.

BTW, do they use beads to catch those fish in New Orleans? Oakey, I'm Just kidding :twisted:
Actually I was highly motivated for red fishing after I saw this video from Louisiana. But I couldn't get them on the fly :(

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEYFrk16ook

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Maruthu


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 11:52 am 
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Very nice Maruthu. Good to see you in action again.

Bops


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 12:24 pm 
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lure_fisherman wrote:

BTW, do they use beads to catch those fish in New Orleans? Oakey, I'm Just kidding :twisted:
Maruthu


Yes they still do in the French Quarters :lol: :lol: but they are not always red or French for that matter.

My Bro is now in Houston.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 12:26 am 
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Congrats!

Beautiful fish.

Anoop


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 10:38 am 
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Hey Maruthu,
Nice to see you back in action.. and thats a nice fish you have there.

Regards,
Madhur.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 12:14 pm 
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Hi Maruthu,

Nice red there. Iam off to New Caledonia in May and have two days of flats fishing before setting off to a weeks popping and jigging trip. I was told that soft plastics would work on the flats for bone fish and other critters.



Jeen


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 5:29 pm 
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Hi Maruthu,

Nice catch there.

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Apoo


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 6:03 pm 
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Nice to hear from you after a long time Maruthu


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PostPosted: Fri May 01, 2009 9:59 am 
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Its been about ten years since my last trip to Florida. Redfish off the Tampa coast is something I'd wanted to do for a long time. Great to see you get some.


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